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Sony DCR-HC20

alaTest has collected and analyzed 171 reviews of Sony DCR-HC20. The average rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the design and price. The image quality and portability also get good feedback. Some have doubts about the finish and viewfinder.

usability, portability, image quality, price, design

viewfinder, finish

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Camcorders the Sony DCR-HC20 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 75/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony DCR-HC20

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 16 user reviews of Sony DCR-HC20 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.co.uk. People are impressed by the size and portability. The battery and price also get good reviews. Many are critical about the zoom and finish, and there are some mixed reviews about the design.

usability, price, battery, portability, size

finish, zoom

81% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCR-HC20E Digital CamcorderSony DCR-HC20E Digital Camcorder

Sep, 2016

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony DCR-HC20

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 99 user reviews of Sony DCR-HC20 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Camcorders on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the price and design. The image quality and portability also get good feedback, whereas there are some mixed reviews about the viewfinder.

usability, portability, image quality, design, price

77% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sony DCRHC20 MiniDV Digital Handycam Camcorder w/10x Optical ZoomSony DCRHC20 MiniDV Digital Handycam Camcorder w/10x Optical Zoom

Sep, 2016

Expert review by: Jan Ozer (pcmag.com)

Sony DCR-HC20 Handycam

 

CCDType: Single CCD, Video Recording Format: MiniDV Tape

Compact design. Easy to use. LCD is visible in direct sunlight.

Poor video and still-image quality. Lacks analog-to-digital conversion capabilities.

Though compact and easy to use, the Sony DCR-HC20 Handycam delivers subpar video and still-image quality and lacks some critical features. This makes it difficult to recommend for any class of user.

Oct, 2004

Expert review by: Bryan Hastings (pcworld.com)

Sony DCR-HC20 MiniDV Handycam

 

The DCR-HC20 is a small, easy to use, and well-priced camcorder for those who just want to shoot video, but it is missing features such as still-image capture.

This is a stylish, small, low-cost camcorder that is comfortable to hold and easy to use, although it has fewer features than its more expensive siblings.

Apr, 2004

Expert review by: Bryan Hastings (pcworld.com)

Sony Handycam DCR-HC20 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

 

Photograph: Rick Rizner

Apr, 2004

Expert review by: Easy Camcorder (easycamcorders.com)

Expert Review

 

Sony's DCR-HC20 is the lowest of this year's DCR-HC models; the DCR-HC30 and DCR-HC40 succeed it. The DCR-HC20 is a stripped-down version of the DCR-HC30. It includes the same CCD, which is a 1/6-inch chip with comparable optical zoom. That said, the...

Aug, 2004

Expert review by: Andrew Alexander (camcorderinfo.com)

Sony DCR-HC20 First Impressions Camcorder Review - Sony MiniDV Camcorders

 

Sony has consolidated both the number of camcorders and the physical size of their camcorders in their 2004 model line which was introduced at the 2004 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The camcorders have a new rounder design, and some upgraded,...

Jan, 2004

Expert review by: (best-digital-camcorder-reviews.com)

Sony DCR HC20

 

Sony DCR HC20 is a MiniDV Digital Handycam Camcorder with a 10x Optical Zoom.

The Sony DCR HC20 MiniDV Handycam Camcorder packs big features in a small package. It features a large 2.5" hybrid SwivelScreen LCD display with touch panel controls, a high-quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens, NightShot Plus infrared recording system...

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Consumer review by: babyboy (shopzilla.com)

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Nov, 2004

Consumer review by: (shopzilla.com)

Sony Handycam DCR-HC20 Mini DV Camcorder

 

Consumer review by: funnyushouldask (newegg.com)

I think I'm the only one who really owns this...

 

People who do not own a particular model shouldn't comment on it. The file output is MPEG-2, so just about any editing software will work with these files. I purchased this camera from a big-box retailer for $100 more because I needed it immediately at...

Newegg Price; Easy to use, great beginner camera (even my tech-challenged wife could use it immediately); 30GB allows you to shoot way too much video and worry about editing it later; Simple and fast file transfer. I'd be hard-pressed to suggest a...

Seems nitpicky for the price, but the microphone could use a wind-sock, or at least add a jack to allow addition of an external mic. I had pretty low expectations for free editing software, and was not surprised when it didn't exceed them

Sep, 2007

Product Specifications

The Sony DCR-HC20 MiniDV Handycam Camcorder packs big features in a small package. It features a large 2.5" hybrid SwivelScreen LCD display with touch panel controls, a high-quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens, NightShot Plus infrared recording system and USB streaming capabilities, all in a case that is 25% smaller than last years model. It even includes the innovative Easy Handycam button, which automates most functions and makes recording a snap. Why settle for anything less than a Sony?

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Stereo
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser
Type:Microphone

Battery

Battery Form Factor:Manufacturer specific
Manufacturer Battery Name:Sony NP-FP50

Camcorder Features

Low Lux / Night Mode: Yes

Camera Flash

Type: None

Configuration

3 Chip Technic: No
Chip Type:CCD
Image Stabiliser:Electronical Image Stabiliser

Connectivity

Digital Input: Yes
Firewire IEEE-1394 Interface: Yes
HDMI: No
HDMI PORT: No
USB: Yes
USB Interface: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No
Wireless Interface: No

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:4.4in
Height:3.4in
Weight:0.9lbs
Width:2in

Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:2.5in
Diagonal Size (metric):6.4cm
Display Form Factor:Rotating
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Beach & ski / Landscape / Portrait mode / Sports mode / Spotlight / Sunset & moon

General Features

3D: No
Format:MiniDV
Handheld Position:Horizontal
Product Type:TRAD. CAMCORDER
Resolution:Standard Definition
Type:Camcorder

Header

Manufacturer:Sony
Model:HC20/HC20E
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sony Handycam DCR

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/1.7-2.3
Max Focal Length:23mm
Min Focal Length:2.3mm
Optical Zoom:10
Type:Zoom lens

Optical Sensor

Camcorder Effective Video Resolution:340Kpix/400Kpix
Camcorder Sensor Resolution:680Kpix/800Kpix
Optical Sensor Size:1/6"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):4.2 mm ( 1/6 ) / 4.2 mm ( 1/6" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Qty:1CCD

Optical System

Image Stabilizer:Electronic (Steady Shot)

Recording

HD Video Format:Not Applicable
Recording Format:16:9 / 4:3

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC/PAL
Digital Scene Transition:Black fader / Monotone fader / Mosaic fader / White fader
Digital Zoom:120
Media Type:Mini DV
Shooting Modes:Digital photo mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Mosaic / Negative Art / Pastel / Sepia / Solarization/Monotone / Mosaic / Negative Art / Pastel / Sepia / Solarization
Type:Camcorder

Viewfinder

Viewfinder Color Support:Black & white
Viewfinder Type:Electronic